devised a short questionnaire to discover your feelings about crime
in South Yorkshire.
comments matter - because we will pass on the results of this survey
to the Home Secretary, the Rt Hon David Blunkett, as well as the
Chief Constable for South Yorkshire, Michael Hedges.
will also publish our findings on the BBC South Yorkshire website.
Click here to see a selection of
comments received so far.
will only take a minute to fill in - and your views could make a
Some of the comments received so far...
There is to many car theft on the manor estate and police dont
seem to be bothered i wish they could do some think because it scares
my grandma at night.
D Johnston - Sheffield
Penalties are too light, especially against minors. To me, crime
is crime, and the nature of the offence is waht determines the punishment,
age should not be a consideration. Try telling the victim the criminal
was "only a teenager/child" - see if that makes them feel better
about what happened to them!
Mitch - Sheffield
Not enough police cracking real crime not easy targets
Anderson - High Green, Sheffield
Though burgled in 1993 I have admiration for the quick help
I received at the time. the burglar was eventually caught and I
was informed , though no property was recovered. I would like the
criminal to recompense society since the insurance co paid me.
Margaret Weir - Doncaster
The crime figures quoted are not the true figures a lot of crime
goes unreported for fear of reprisals and the apathy of the police
who are undermanned and underfunded
Nigel Haddock - Sheffield
From MANY incidents I have gained personal knowledge of since I
purchased a property in Sheffield and the Police attitude and lack
of conviction to help I feel completely at a loss to know what to
do. My property has been burgled. The back door has two dead locks
and 2 shoot bolts and gets attacked regularly from groups of youths
at 2-3 in the morning. Similar groups run past and through 1/4 bricks
at the windows. The gates at the property rear have been attacked
time and time again. I have the phone number of the local community
police. It rings and rings with no reply. When there is an answer
it is a recorded message. When one leaves a message nothing is acted
upon. The one time in the past 3 years we were visited by the community
Seargent he said he would act and set up a watch scheme for 3 months.
Nothing happened. Last week when yet again we had to call three
9's the local guys were there for about an hour (yipee) took names
and ended by saying you should go a! nd! beat a few up. I ask you.
What can you do?
Jim Martin - Greenhill, Sheffield
The punishment MUST, MUST, MUST fit the crime. The criminals
know fully well that whatever offence they carry out will be worth
the risk they are taking in performing it. There has to be zero
tolerence appllied to all acts of crime - particularly those undertaken
by young people. The earlier they learn that punishment will be
HARSH(rather than simply a 'slap on the wrist') the less chance
they will re-offend. Criminals of all ages must not be given chance
after chance before being locked up - at present they know the system
is laughable and that they can get away with many offences before
any meaningful action is taken against them. Let us listen less
to the 'bleeding heart liberals' in our society and more to the
common sense views that the vast majority of law abiding people
in this country hold. For goodness sake let us make criminals pay
for their actions and get them off our streets. Don't be afraid
to build hundreds (YES hundreds) of more prisons if n! ec! essary
to deal with these people and hand out longer custodial sentences.
Would the British public be prepared to pay in some way towards
the initial cost of this in order to make it happen? You bet your
life they would. Has this Government got the guts to ask them I
wonder? "Tough on crime, tough on the causes of crime"? A miserable
failure to date I'm afraid -no matter how statistics are manipulated
to show otherwise. Let the people be heard!
Terry Clark - Harworth, Bircotes
Unreported crime has risen due to fear of retaliation and partly
through apathy, we say "Whats the point, nothing happens when you
do report a crime"
Wood - Sheffield
I would like to complain about the police in the High Green
area especially on Griffiths Road, Where there is a Childrens play
area which is now unusable to the younger children due to the older
children ripping up the matting and sawing the climbing wall foot
holders off so that is unusable now. When the police have come out
they have done nothing about it just talk to the residents that
can be bothered to go down and try and get rid of the youths and
they told us that there is nothing that they can do. So now anytime
we see some new children going down to the playground with there
parents and the youths are there we warn them off because the youths
will wreck the playground when people are playing.
Janet Horsepool - Sheffield
I BELIEVE THAT IF THE NUMBER OF POLICE OFFICERS ON DUTY AT ANY ONE
TIME IN THIS AREA IS NOT SUBSTANTIALLY INCREASED THAT THE NUMBER
OF OFFENCES COMMITTED WILL CONTINUE TO RISE. AS THINGS STAND, I
BELIEVE THE POLICE ARE FIGHTING A LOSING BATTLE.
Matthew Leese, Devonshire Green
Sheffield has deteriorated badly in the last 18 months. Beggers,
Big Issue sellers by the dozen, litter, dunks, drug dealing and
violent abusive people walking the streets; it is minor crime and
the tardiness of the street environment that makes the wrong sort
of people feel at home in the Centre and enables such degredation
to take hold in the first place. This, in turn, leads to a major
crime hot spot developing, as we have seen in Sheffield. If these
issues are not dealt with soon then no number of trendy apartment
blocks is going to improve the situation. Tough action on these
so-called minor crimes will route out those perpetrating the major
crimes - "zero tolerance" policing DOES work, and we can rescue
the streets for the ordinary person who just wants to go about their
business without hassle.
Failure to take action quickly on those committing "less serious"
offences allows a culture to develop where people think that they
can do what they want. This leads them to commit more serious crimes.
It also destroys the public faith in police. The majority of public
are not at high risk from serious crime but their quality of life
is constantly impaired by people committing "minor offences".
More police needed on the streets. Offenders have little or no respect
for the police or the justice system. So may crimes are drug related
and there aren't enough resources available to tackle drug problems
at source. More drug projects needed with improved access and availablity.
have lost all confidence in criminals being caught and should they
be caught appropriate sentences are not handed down. The criminal
justice system has more concern for the welfare of the criminal
over that of the victim.
Giles Bertenshaw, Sheffield
need more police on the streets, and less police man hours sat by
country roads speed taxing motorist to make quick money. If these
officers where put to solving crime such as mugging, burglary then
it would help to reduce crime, and would reduce the feeling that
the general public are being exploited because as law obeying citizens
they drive in their own cars and are registerd so the police have
an easy time dealing with these people. Instead of spending hours
solving crimes that require some thought to solve.
Ian Morewood, North Derbyshire
Living less than 30 mins outside Sheffield, the most visible element
of crime in South Yorkshire to me is car related crime. Often youths
steel a car, come out of town for a day of shoplifting or taking
from vehicles in the countryside and then steel another car to return
to there homes.
Naomi Brewer , Lower Walkley
I think that for it's size Sheffield generally feels quite safe.
I hope that S.Yorks police continue to use new initiatives to cut
crime though. I congratulate all police on doing a good job in very
Alex Rumney, Woodseats
I know that resources are often tight in the police force, but I
think more money and time should be spent on putting police back
on the beat and not so much on CCTV and other security/surveillance
measures. In my view, the best deterrent for car crime, assualts,
personal theft etc is a visible and regular police presence on the
Dale Kidney, Sheffield
In an incresingly liberal country certain types of crime will be
on the increase. Young offenders will grow up to be adult offenders
because the majority of them are not brought up properly, having
no fear of the law feeling that they can just take what they want
from people who work hard to achieve something in life.